Category: Education

Back to school safety tips



Tuesday is the day the kids go back to school. It’s hard to believe that summer is over, but what great one we had!

Sending your kids out into the world on their own can be scary for both you and your children, regardless of their age. The back to school process may be overwhelming, but with some preparation, planning and safety guidelines you can protect yourself and your children from many potential issues.

Travelling to and from school safely – Depending on the age of your children and the distance from home to school, you will have to take different precautions. One tip that can help kids stay safe during their trips to and from school is to take note of potential hazards and plan for them. For example, if your children have to cross a busy road to get to school, you’ll want to take this opportunity to teach your children about traffic safety.

Keeping your children safe online-Your children are going to use the Internet. They are going to use it a lot, and likely more than you do. In addition to going online to study and conduct research for school, they will also spend a great deal of time online socializing and entertaining themselves. While it may seem tempting to restrict your child’s internet access, it may not be realistic.  You can keep your computer in a public are of the house, discuss online safety, and discuss that anything they post online can easily become public, whether or not they have privacy setting on their account.

Safe and Healthy School Lunches- Lunches and snacks during the school day are a major source of the essential vitamins and nutrients that children need to grow and develop. However, if you don’t also make lunches appealing to children, your kids won’t eat them.  It is important to find nutritious foods that your kids like. One way to do this is to involve them in the lunch-making process. Why not check out the Caledon Farmers’ Market, Open this Saturday!

Bullying: At School and Online- Bullying is a huge problem and, with more interactions taking place online, so-called “cyber bullying” is becoming a large issue as well. Anyone can be bullied at any ages and it can be incredibly hurtful and dangerous.  It can be physical or emotional and people can be seriously hurt. It is important that you teach your children about bullying and let them know it is never okay.

Have a Great Long weekend and a Great New school year!

How will you keep your kids safe? Let us know!





Back to School

Back to pencils, back to books, but hopefully not teacher’s looks! That’s right, it’s that time of year again! Back to School! It can be overwhelming, but exciting at the same time, so be prepared! Make sure to enroll your kids for the 2012-2013 school year to make sure they don’t miss out on the excitement and all the fun learning ahead.

Local Elementary Schools:

Caledon East Public School – 905-584-2701

St. Cornelius Catholic Elementary – 905-584-2245

Local High Schools:

Robert F. Hall Catholic High School – 905-584-1670

Humberview Public High School – 905-857-0771

Also, check out these tips for parents to help kids return to school ready to make great grades:

  • Reach Out: To your child’s teacher, find out which skills are necessary for your child to have in order to succeed academically in the coming year. The teacher may also be able to give you insight into which areas your child needs to work on in order to be proficient in the next grade level.
  • Keep em Reading: Encourage your child to read at least an hour each day by offering them reading materials directly related to his/her interests and appropriate for his/her reading level. Engage kids in activities such as summer reading programs for young children at the library. Check out the programs that The Caledon Public Library  has to offer.
  • Priorities Priorities: It sounds simple, but kids don’t naturally know how to set priorities and goals and this key skill is often overlooked in school
  • Time Management: Basic time-management skills include taking small steps to reduce the need for cramming for exams. Teaching kids how taking a little time each day to study for a major test or project can save them from getting stressed out later.
  • Keep em focused: Help your student make a list of time-wasters that can eat away productivity such as watching TV (keep the TV off during study hours). If your student is bombarded with phone calls, text messages, or emails teach them to turn off their phone and close their email when studying.

Following these tips with help your child be successful this coming school year. What tips will you be sharing with your children? Share them with us!

Schools in Caledon East Impart Excellent Values

Students at Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School wear
pink for a good reason.

As a parent, you no doubt want your children to grow up in a safe neighbourhood that encourages physical activity. Most likely, you also want them to attend an excellent school — one that not only teaches math or languages but also imparts solid values.

On all counts, Pathways is a clear winner. It’s not just designed to encourage hiking, walking, and jogging among other physical pursuits, but it’s also steps away from St. Cornelius Elementary School and the Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School (the latter being right across the street).

From left to right: student Mark-Anthony, Coach Horton, Headwaters
Health Care Foundation Board Member Kathy Armstrong, and
 students Alexis and Riley. 

For an example of the kinds of values your children will learn at Robert F. Hall, look out the window (if you’ve already moved into your Pathways home). You might see boys playing soccer while wearing pink jerseys.

The reason for this colourful and uncommon uniform? They are raising awareness of breast cancer.

Most importantly, according to the Caledon Citizen, it was the boys’ idea to wear the pink jerseys.

What’s more, the boys are helping raise money to help fight this disease, with all proceeds going to Headwaters Health Care’s cancer program.

How old are your children? What values would you like them to learn at school?

Images courtesy of SNAP Caledon. 

Tips For a Successful Back-To-School Season

First Day of School

Your children may not realize it, but the back-to-school season involves a lot of work for you too. Our handy tips ensure that you have a fun and relaxed time helping them make the best of school.

 • Add vaccinations to your checklist. Besides reducing the odds of your children getting sick (and missing class), you might also want to update their immunization record online—you’ll be notified if Peel Public Health needs more information for the children to meet immunization requirements.

Make lunch prep easy on yourself. Prepare a chart of your child’s favourite foods and post it on the fridge next to Canada’s Food Guide. Scanning both lists in the morning will help you put together a healthy menu that your children will be sure to enjoy.

So, did we enjoy our first day at school then?

 • Get them involved. It also pays off to get your kids involved in prepping their food—they will not only enjoy it better, but might also want to help out with dinner at the end of the day! (Check this site for more handy food-related tips.)

 • Ease the trip. If your children are going to a new school, consider taking them there a week or so before class begins. Familiarizing them with the sights and sounds that they will encounter will reduce their anxiety on the first day. And if you learn of any interesting spots on the way, be sure to point them out to your children—this too will ease their tension as well as spark their imagination.

 • Talk about it. Once school begins, set aside some time at the end of the day to share both your workday and your children’s school day stories. This will help them appreciate the importance of going to school.

 What are your favourite tips for back-to-school season?

9 Easy Steps to Prep Your Home Against Hay Fever

Blue skies. Sunshine. Green everywhere. Unfortunately, these are not the only things that come with spring. For as many as 10 million Canadians, spring is also synonymous with hay fever.

Here’s how you can prep your home to reduce all that sneezing and swollen eye-rubbing.

1. Close the windows and turn on the air conditioner. Prevention is key. It pays off to keep allergens outside of your home rather than cope with them.

2. Not keen on keeping your home shut throughout spring? Turn on your air filter. Air filters seem to eliminate pollen better. That’s because pollen is airborne, unlike dust mites or cat dander. Make sure yours is equipped with a HEPA filter.

3. Dust mites love carpets, so get rid of wall-to-wall carpeting. Use washable throws if you must, or consider going bare. The hardwood floor, not you.

4. Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.

5. Anti-allergy bedding has been shown to have little effect. Rather than shelling more money to replace your bedding, change sheets and pillowcases more frequently.

6. Wash bedding, curtains, and towels in hot water reaching at least 54 degrees Celsius.

7. Use the dryer instead of the line. Allergens will stick to your laundry if left outdoors.

8. Dust bookshelves and furniture with a damp microfibre cloth or a Swiffer.

9. Vacuum often, using a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum cleaner. And consider wearing a dust mask while cleaning. Even better, get your significant other to do the cleaning. You now have a medical excuse to relax.

Educate and Entertain Your Children in Caledon East

Caledon East Children’s Place, located on Old Church Rd. right near Pathways, offers daycare for your toddler, preschool and school age children.

Established in 1988, this non-profit day care centre provides full daycare with both:

– full-day programs

– before and after school programs

Held in the Parish Hall of historic St. James Anglican Church, your 1 ½- to 12-year-old will be surrounded by friends and neighbours in a rich learning environment.

The daycare is open Monday to Friday – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Contact Joan Raekelboom at or call 905-584-9189 to line up your daycare today.

St.  James Anglican Church, Parish Hall
6029 Old Church Rd Caledon East, ON L7C 1H8

A School for Everyone in Caledon East

Choosing a school for your child is an important task, so you should start thinking about it now.

Luckily, there are a lot to choose from here in Caledon East, both public and private and they’re close to Pathways. And with the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board right in town, you’ll be sure to have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

First, find out which schools your child is eligible to go to. If your child was born in 2007, you can register them this month for kindergarten on February 23, 24 and 25.

Here is a short rundown on the home schools for Pathways:

Public Schools:

Caledon East Public School
15738 Airport Road

Principal Laurie Allison is at the helm of this school of roughly 262 students. Offering Kindergarten through to grade 8, this school established in 1972 received a good report card.

Humberview Secondary School
135 Kingsview Drive

This school’s Mission Statement is “to achieve a welcoming and safe learning environment.” Youth!nk is one of their latest ventures, a “podcast dedicated to promoting and celebrating student life and student achievement.”

Catholic Schools:

St. Cornelius Elementary Catholic School
16066 Innis Lake Road

Home to the Cougars, Principal Dan LaCute recently posted his appreciation to the student’s parents and School Council for their hard work on the school’s website. St. Cornelius is at one end of Pathways, so getting to school is just a jaunt away. To register your kids to attend St. Cornelius, call the school at 905-584-2245 and let them know your child or children’s name and grade level as of September 2011, and your scheduled closing date for Pathways.

Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School
6500 Old Church Road

Robert F. Hall is just across the street from Pathways. In addition to academics, there is a strong athletic program here, with ice hockey and lacrosse to name just a few of the sport teams available. Principal Edward McMahon leads a school that offers everything from Alternative Education to Technology.

Private Schools:

Caledon Hills Montessori School
6046 Old Church Road

Available for 3-5 year olds, this Montessori Pre-School has been around since 2000. Directress Jacqueline Burke heads up 16 employees.

King’s College School
16369 the Gore Road (near Airport Road)

This school employs a method of teaching known as “Z4 schooling,” resulting in 100% of graduates awarded academic scholarships to university. The motto here is “Be Magnificent.”

For more information about bus schedules, French Immersion programs and other criteria, visit the Peel District School Board website.